31 Days of Shut Up and Sew: Coffee Cozy

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's Day 2 of...

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go here to read all about this crazy 31 Days series.

On the agenda today is a handy little coffee cozy.

I found the idea here from In Color Order via Skip to my Lou.  If you try one of these yourself, be sure to follow that first link and download the template!  It will make your life oh so much easier.

5 pieces of fabric: 2.5" x 4" (I had this fabric leftover from a bunting I made for my last package pal, therefore I didn't really bother to cut the scraps to the right length... I think my strips are 6" long.)
1 contrasting piece of fabric cut using the dotted line template
1 piece of interfacing cut using the solid line template (I used my favorite Pellon 808 CraftFuse)
1 button
1 piece of elastic (or a hair tie)
Matching embroidery floss (for sewing on button)
Coordinating thread

About an hour

You could easily forgo these next steps and just cut a solid piece of fabric for the front, but who doesn't like a little patchwork?  So, pin two pieces of the 2.5" x 4" fabric rectangles together on the long side...

...and stitch using 1/4" seam allowance.

Then pin your next piece (right sides facing), making sure you're pinning on the edge you want it to be connected to.  Patchwork pieces like this can get tricky, so double check that you're pinning and sewing on the correct side.

Continue this way until all your small rectangles are connected and now form a large rectangle!

Be sure to iron your seams flat on the back side.

If you didn't do it earlier, now is the time to iron on your interfacing.  Follow the instructions that came with it, making sure to center it on the wrong side of your solid fabric piece.  You could do it on the patchwork side if you want... it doesn't really matter.

Now, trace the dotted line template onto your patchwork piece and cut out.  You also want to sew your button on using the embroidery floss at this stage.

Okay, now we're onto the final stretch!  Pin both your fabric pieces right sides together and sew using 1/4" seam allowance.  Leave a hole on the opposite end of your button for turning and inserting the elastic.

Turn it right side out and iron it to within an inch of its life!  Then measure out a piece of elastic (the one pictured below was entirely too long, so make sure you put it around a mug to see how long your elastic should be) and sew a topstitch all the way around, closing the hole with the elastic.

And there you have it!  A simple coffee cozy to keep your hands from getting scalded on a hot cup of joe!

What I Learned
Double and triple measure the length of elastic required for your loop because ripping out the side seam and having to reattach elastic because its way too long is no fun at all.

Come back tomorrow to see how I use this same patchwork method on placemats!

To read all 31 Days of Shut Up and Sew, click here.


  1. Jenna...what a great Cozy Tutorial. Isn't piecing a fun way to use up scraps and sewing them together is so rewarding...especially when the project turns out so well.

    You have inspired me to get into my scrap box and make some of these 'CoffeeCozies' for gifts. Thanks so much for the idea and great instructions.

    I hope you'll have a chance to stop by CollectInTexas Gals 31 Days of Collecting! We have lots of InCommonLikes...Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  2. I love reading your sewing tutorials every day! You inspired me to start a "31 days..." as well. Also, can I just say I'm insanely jealous of all the cool stitches your sewing machine will do? Those are great! Here's the link to mine if you want to see.


  3. This is so awesome. I wanted to participate in your sewing and in my own 31 day challenge. But this year is so funky that it would have done me more harm then good. I wish this was more then once a year.

  4. Gorgeous! I know what Í'll be making Saturday morning!

  5. So sweet! Love the patch! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    I'd love for you to visit my blog.

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  6. What a perfect stocking stuffer gift and great use of scrap fabrics! Pinned and will be attempting asap. Found you on CRAFT's link up.
    Jen @ CraftyMisAdventures.com

  7. OMG I love this. What a great inexpensive Christmas gift. I am loving your 31 days posts. Looking forward to more!!

  8. I'm so glad that I found you on House of Hepworths! I LOVE your cozy, what a cute idea.